Can I appeal the decision if a school refuses to enrol my child?
If a school refuses to enrol your child you have the right to appeal the decision. You must first appeal to the school’s board of management. If this is not successful, you can appeal the decision to the Department of Education and Skills (DES) under Section 29 of The Education Act. All Section 29 forms and correspondence will be between you and the DES
Your appeal will heard by an appeals committee. In most cases, appeals are dealt with within 30 days. The Department may give directions to the board of management to resolve the matter. The board of management has to obey these. The appeals procedure makes sure that schools keep to their admissions policies.
You can get more information about appealing decisions on enrolment, as well as a list of schools in your area, on the DES website at www.des.ie
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